Category Archives: Cosmetic Injury

Low Medical Bills Do Not Mean Small Personal Injury

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I have had substantial success in securing high personal injury settlements in cases with low medical bills. But even when the injury is unarguably substantial, it is a challenge to get the defendant or the insurance carrier to see the value of the case. I am also aware that many personal injury attorneys are reluctant to take cases where the economic losses (hospital bills, wage losses, etc.) are low or non-existent. In fact, I have had several clients come to me for help with their serious personal injury cases after the big firms passed on them because of “low medicals.”

The truth of the matter is that how an insurance carrier assesses a personal injury case is completely different from how the jury will evaluate the case. Insurance companies do not seem to look at the factors a jury would normally consider first. Adjusters are robotic in the way they appraise a personal injury case. They first want to know the amount of economic losses. They want to see a track record of the injured person seeking treatment. Then, the adjuster will normally offer an amount of compensation directly related to that amount. In my negotiations with the insurance companies I often hear, “but your client doesn’t have that many medical bills, this is not a six-figure case.”

But what if the injury is bad, and nothing but time can heal it? What if no amount of medical treatment will speed up the healing process?

Unlike the robots at the insurance company, a jury will consider the nature of the injury first. They don’t care if the injured plaintiff  paid the ER  a $100 co-pay or still owes a $70,000 bill. They consider how the injury has impacted the plaintiff’s life and whether the conduct of the defendant was negligent. Normal people do not work off of formulas, they make decisions based on the circumstances and facts surrounding the situation.

There are many serious injuries which simply cannot be resolved with medical treatment. For example, second-degree burns. Any emergency room physician will agree that burn treatment is limited in the second-degree stage. The skin is scorched and the pain is agonizing but the patient will be sent home after being treated with a simple topical cream and some pain killers. This means that the economic losses are low. I won a jury trial on this type of injury and my client was awarded $250,000 for pain and suffering and $593 for her past medical bills, because that is all the treatment cost her.

Another example of a case I successfully resolved was a skin infection case. There, a young woman contracted impetigo after visiting a local med spa to for a chemical peel. The medicals were low, because other than an inexpensive prescription, only time could heal the scars. That botched cosmetic procedure case also had to be aggressively litigated before the parties came to a favorable settlement.

A large number of personal injury cases in which I achieved great results for my clients did not have high medical bills or wage losses. Therefore, low medical bills in a personal injury case does not mean low compensation! But, you do have to be willing to file a lawsuit and get ready for a trial.

Medical Device Injury – Inherent Conflict of Interest

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With the demand to stay looking young through minimally invasive cosmetic procedures medical spas (or med spas) are a great alternative to a plastic surgeon. These establishments may provide both medical and non-medical treatments to their clients and can be very lucrative to own. Med spas are expected to provide the most innovative technology to their patients and may offer services such as non-invasive fat reduction, laser hair removal, dermabrasion, laser tattoo removal, and even vaginal rejuvenation. Most of these types of cosmetic procedures are performed with medical devices. As a result, medical device manufacturers pursue med spas to sell their machines and systems to them, promising a huge return on their investment.

Yet, the purchase of a medical device comes with an inherent risk of conflict of interest. First and foremost the owner of the med spa may not necessary be a licensed medical professional. In our experience of representing clients who have been injured while undergoing a cosmetic procedure, most of the clinics were owned by businessmen and women, not licensed doctors, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. This creates a big problem in how the medical services which they provide to their patients are viewed. Business people view the sale of services as money making opportunities. In the case of med spas they just happen to be selling medical services. Therefore, any risk of adverse effects of a cosmetic procedure may be downplayed or simply not disclosed to the patients to ensure that the patient buys the services.

Secondly, regardless of who owns the med spa, medical devices are an expensive investment, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Med spas are pressured to sell enough services to get a return on their investment.  Therefore, any information regarding the risk of a procedure could discourage a patient from undergoing it, thereby leaving the med spa an unable to cover the cost of the device and profit therefrom.

We have represented clients who were  pressured into undergoing a cosmetic procedure after going into a med spa for a simple consultation. The staff selling these medical services are usually not medical professionals but trained sales people. They are trained to highlight and focus on the potential benefits of the procedure and downplay the procedure’s risks of injury.

Unfortunately, in some cases, the risk of suffering a permanent and serious injury is not worth the relatively small potential benefits of the cosmetic procedures.  But only the medical professionals administering these procedures know the truth.

If you have been injured as the result of undergoing a cosmetic procedure with a medical device such as Scarlet SRF, MAGMA, FormaTK, Agnes RF, NeoGen PSR, Viveve, ADVATx, vFit PLUS, CoolSculpting, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Call our attorney today at 407-622-1885 to discuss your case for free.

Did you know your risks before undergoing your Cosmetic Procedure?

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You have the right to be informed about any and all adverse effects of your cosmetic procedure before you decide to do it. Your cosmetologist, aesthetician, esthetician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or a doctor should tell you about the risk of being injured, regardless of how small it may be.

Everyone wants to look good and it is absolutely normal to want to improve or even completely alter your appearance with the help of a cosmetic professional. Today there are many options, from simple and routine beauty adjustments such as facials to the more intense cosmetic procedures that involve a visit to a medical spa and the help of a medical professional. Yet almost every cosmetic procedure has a potential risk of adverse side effects, some which may be serious and permanent.  Therefore, understanding your risks of a cosmetic procedure is very important to your decision making process.

We have seen cases where our clients have gone in for “light” chemical peels and got infections and chemical burns because the person performing the cosmetic procedure failed to properly inform them about the risks of the procedure and failed to give them important pre and post procedure instructions (such as staying out of the sun and avoiding certain beauty products for days before and after the peel), which raise the risk of infection and post treatment burns.

Before you agree to undergo a cosmetic procedure, your provider must take time to explain everything you need to know about the procedure. Full information about the procedure must be provided before your payment for the procedure is taken and the procedure begins. Whether it is a chemical peel, facial, dermal filler injection (such as Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Bellafill, Aquamid, Elevess, Captique, Hylaform, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen) Botox injection, laser hair removal, CoolSculpting or other fat reduction method, or any other popular cosmetic procedure, you have the right to be informed. You should never feel pressured to undergo any cosmetic procedure and you have the right to go home and think about it.

If you suffered an adverse side effect (injury) from a cosmetic procedure which your provider did not discuss with you prior to the procedure, you may be entitle to compensation. Our law office focuses a large portion of our work on helping people who have been injured after undergoing cosmetic procedures. Call us today at 407-622-1885 to discuss your case for free.

Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Panama City FL

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Personal Injury Clients in Panama City, Destin, and the Panhandle Area of Florida

Our Personal Injury clients live all over the State of Florida and we are happy to help injured people who live in Panama City, Destin, and the Panhandle Area of Florida. We recently settled a North Florida case (Destin, Florida) where a young woman was injured when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The young woman who was involved an auto accident was initially offered a low settlement amount by the insurance adjuster. She call our Florida Personal Injury law firm to discuss the value of her case. She quickly realized that her injuries were worth much more compensation and retained our law firm to represent her in her personal injury case. We were able to obtain compensation for her that she did not expect. She was very grateful for Attorney Louiza Tarassova’s diligent work.

Like any other industry, rather than opting for a generic “one size fits all” law firm, it’s often advisable to select a specialist which has a good track record of dealing with the particular area of law that you need. But with such as large choice of legal services out there, how does one find the right law firm which deals with peculiar cases?

The Law Office of Louiza Tarassova is a personal injury law firm managed by a Russian Attorney and can provide services in Panama city, FL. This is a personal injury law firm that works towards achieving one primary goal: to help people. We pride ourselves in successfully fighting for our clients’ rights and obtaining substantial compensation for their injuries.

Our law firm is owned by a woman, a Russian-Speaking lawyer who provides our clients compassion, empathy and understanding while zealously and aggressively representing them in court. Personal injury law is her passion, and she excels at negotiating high settlements and litigating cases in jury trials.

Consultation is free and you do not pay unless we win your case! Contact us today!

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